Nepal Exchange Trip 12-17 February 2019

Exchange and Empower
Nepal Exchange Trip
12-17 February 2019

Visit Nepal with Mira Rai and contribute to a good course!

As part of the Exchange and Empower initiative, we are arranging this 6-day Nepal Exchange Trip in February 2019, to participate in the Bhojpur Trail Race organized by Mira Rai in her hometown. Part of the profit will be donated to the Exchange and Empower program.

Highlights of the Trip:

– Visit the rural hometown of Mira Rai in Bhojpur and participate in a Trail Running Race organized by Mira Rai.
– Enjoy the time interacting with Mira Rai and Exchange & Empower athletes, exchanging training and experiences.
– Enjoy hiking and running in the stunning Nepal countryside.
– Receive some trail running training from Mira and E&E athletes.
– Learn about the Nepal culture and village life.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity!

Total Cost:

USD 850 per person for double occupancy.
Single Supplement: USD 100

Price Includes:

– Domestic flights between Kathmandu and Bhojpur.
– All transfers and road transportation according to itinerary.
– All accommodation, including hotels and camping tents.
– All meals as indicated.
– Tour guides and supporting staff.
– Porters for camping equipment.
– Paramedic team.
– Camping arrangements at the race venue.

Price Excludes

– International flight tickets to/from Kathmandu
– Visa fees
– Drinks and beverage
– Personal expenses
– Tips
– Personal Travel Insurance (obligatory)

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 Tuesday 12th February 2019

22:05 Group arrival Kathmandu
Pick up and Welcome
Take a good rest and get ready for the exciting journey.

Suggested flight from Hong Kong to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport:
Cathay Dragon KA104 19:00-22:05

Day 2 Wednesday 13th February 2019
Kathmandu City Tour

After breakfast Meet and Greet and sightseeing Trail Run around Kathmandu with Mira Rai Exchange athletes. We will meet for lunch at 1 pm and discuss the tour schedule and check the tour kit. We can go for a little social tour in Thamel market after lunch. Dinner at a nice Nepali restaurant and interact with Mira Rai.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Sightseeing Trail Run today (10 km )

Day 3 Thursday 14th February 2019
Kathmandu to Bhojpur flight and Jeep ride

After breakfast depart for the airport. We will fly to Bhojpur via Biratnagar and then take a private jeep to our destination at Bhojpur Bazaar. It’s an hour flight to Biratnagar and about 4-5 hours jeep ride to Bhojpur market. We should arrive by late afternoon and stay at one of the local hotels. We will take a short social tour of Bhojpur bazaar and see life there. After the dinner we will have a briefing on the following day’s activities. The women’s group called (Aama Samuh) usually visit to perform their folk music for the guests. Hopefully we will be up for it!
Small stroll around Bhojpur Bazaar today.
Overnight at Bhojpur Bazaar.

Day 4 Friday 15th February 2019
Hike to Mira’s Village

We will wake up early today and pack up our day bags for two nights in Mira’s village and for the big race day. It is a camping trip so we will prepare accordingly. We will have local porter support for the group but if you want an individual help, you may hire one.
We will be hiking up and gaining elevation today. Our pace will be enjoyable so we can gaze at the beautiful mountains and get friendly with the terrain. The hike is of about 8 km and will last around 5-6 hours.
We will finish the hike at a local school in Mira’s Village where our camp and hot lunch will be waiting for us.

For the rest of the day, we are free to explore the village or help out with preparations for the following day’s race. In the evening, we will have a small bonfire and some cultural fun evening with the runners who will be camping with us. We will have a locally prepared dinner and few moments of race briefing before we call it a day!
Hike for 8 km (you can choose to take a bus in case you aren’t up for it, but let us know)
Overnight camping in Mira’s village

Day 5 Saturday 16th February 2019
Race Day! Choose to race or volunteer!

Today we will be racing or volunteering!! You can choose between 36 km,8 km or 3 km distance.
Before that, we might have to wake up super early with the early morning sun and be prepared to eat the breakfast at military standard discipline (well, that sounds utopian for Nepali standards).
We will try to manage having the Mayor and other big shots of Bhojpur on time and start the race at 8:30 am. The race will be well marked and will have checkpoints at designated points to keep you fuelled and hydrated.
At the finish, you will be received well with some local customary honoring process with Tika and Khada, after which you will be served lunch.
We will conduct the prize distribution ceremony and wrap up the race after the last runner has finished.
We have an evening free to pack up for next day. We will take it easy and maybe enjoy the bonfire around the camp with an interactive session and dinner before we retire for the night.
Overnight camping in Mira’s village

Day 6 Sunday 17th February 2019

We will wake up super early at sunrise today as well. We will take early morning tea and cookies and hike for 3 km to meet jeeps to take us back to Bhojpur bazaar. We will stop a while for breakfast at Bhojpur bazaar and continue our drive to Biratnagar to catch our flights to Kathmandu.

We will be making it to Kathmandu by late afternoon, after which we can take rest for the rest of the afternoon.
We will meet in the evening for Exchange & Empower ceremony dinner and hear your experiences of the trip!
Departure from Kathmandu.

Suggested flight back to Hong Kong:
Cathay Dragon KA103 23:15-05:50

Email us at [email protected] or [email protected] if you are interested to join.